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Author Duncan, Martha Grace.

Title Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons : the Unconscious Meanings of Crime and Punishment.

Imprint New York : NYU Press, 1996.


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Description 1 online resource (286 pages)
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Contents Part one: Cradled on the sea: positive images of prison and theories of punishment -- A thousand leagues above: prison as a refuge from the prosaic -- Cradled on the sea: prison as a mother who provides and protects -- To die and become: prison as a matrix of spiritual rebirth -- Flowers are flowers: prison as a place like any other -- Methodological issues -- Positive images of prison and theories of punishment -- Part two: A strange liking: our admiration for criminals -- Reluctant admiration: the forms of our conflict over criminals -- Rationalized admiration: overt delight in camouflaged criminals -- Repressed admiration: loathing as a vicissitude of attraction to criminals -- Part three: In slime and darkness: the metaphor of filth in criminal justice -- Eject him tainted now: the criminal as filth in Western culture -- Projecting an excrementitious mass: the metaphor of filth in the history of Botany Bay -- Stirring the odorous pile: vicissitudes of the metaphor in Britain and the United States -- Conclusion: The romanticization of criminals and the defense against despair.
Summary An ex-convict struggles with his addictive yearning for prison. A law-abiding citizen broods over his pleasure in violent, illegal acts. A prison warden loses his job because he is so successful in rehabilitating criminals. These are but a few of the intriguing stories Martha Grace Duncan examines in her bold, interdisciplinary book Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons . Duncan writes: "This is a book about paradoxes and mingled yarns - about the bright sides of dark events, the silver linings of sable clouds." She portrays upright citizens who harbor a strange liking for criminal deeds.
Note Print version record.
Subject Prison psychology.
Criminal psychology.
Prisons in literature.
Criminals in literature.
Prisonniers -- Psychologie.
Prisons dans la littérature.
Criminels dans la littérature.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Criminology.
Criminal psychology. (OCoLC)fst00883467
Criminals in literature. (OCoLC)fst00883558
Prison psychology. (OCoLC)fst01077067
Prisons in literature. (OCoLC)fst01077424
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Duncan, Martha Grace. Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons : The Unconscious Meanings of Crime and Punishment. New York : NYU Press, ©1996 9780814718803
ISBN 9780814721100 (electronic bk.)
0814721109 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000055805160
GBVCP 1008656917

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